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Old 08-09-2006, 02:48 AM   #1
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ok, so I think I prefer a panel loader because it seems like it would be a pain in the arse to take everything out of the bag if you needed to find something.. But I've read a NUMBER of times on this board from a number of different people that a top loader is better. Why?
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Old 08-09-2006, 07:16 AM   #2
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hmm, generally most people prefer panel loading (or side zippers) to top loaders.
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My big backpack is a toploader, whereas my smaller one is a panel... I prefer the panel - MUCH easier to get at stuff. On the other hand, I find it a lot easier to stuff tons of shit into the top-loader when I'm in a rush and need to get movin'.
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My husband's has both top and side access, which seems to be the best of both worlds. We've managed to cram a month's worth of clothes for 6 and diapers (for 1) into it, so we haven't had to sacrifice volume to get the convenience.

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